Saturday, April 16, 2005

Your Direct Democracy At Work

While CCD smoothly transitions between boards, I'll take this brief rest period to point out, again, how ridiculous it is to speak of the initiative process as a direct democracy. To wit, another article on the crazy nomadic life of hired-gun signature gatherers.

Jeff Johnson lives in a Volkswagen bus and spends his days outside a San Diego Target store, flagging down shoppers.

Everyone who stops is potentially worth at least a dollar to him, sometimes $10 or more.

But Johnson isn't a panhandler. He's more like a street vendor – and there are hundreds like him swarming around California this spring, peddling direct democracy.
Yup. Your democracy, slowly being purchased, voter by voter, dollar by dollar, by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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